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A Guide to the New Rules of Parenting: Why Babies Can't Sleep on Their Stomach and More

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newborn baby sleeping in crib

Cribs and Crib Accessories


What's Out:

  • Old cribs with wide slats and/or sides that drop down
  • Crib bumpers, soft toys, or loose blankets in an infant's crib
What's In:
  • Cribs with stationary sides that meet new safety standards
  • Cribs without crib bumpers, pillows, or toys (until the baby is older)
  • Swaddling an infant or using a "sleep sack" instead of a loose blanket
Why? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned drop-side cribs in 2010 due to multiple infant suffocation and strangulation deaths related to the poor quality of this once-popular type of crib. The CPSC also voted in 2010 for stricter overall safety regulations for crib manufacturing, including slats that are closer together to prevent head entrapment, so it's wise to opt for a new crib rather than a hand-me-down from earlier than 2011.

In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) took crib safety a step further and banned crib bumpers — along with any kind of pillow, blanket, quilt, or stuffed toy — because of the risk of SIDS or suffocation.

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